Over this past weekend, the Michigan Wolverines football team had no trouble defeating Rutgers, but they did have to deal with an odd penalty. Michigan was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty due to an "intent to deceive". The mothership broke down the penalty in great detail, but effectively, tight end Jake Butt ran toward the sideline, appearing to go off after some other players during substitutions. Instead of running off the field entirely, he lined up right near the sideline. He was wide open for the reception, but the refs ruled it an intent to deceive.
After the game, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the issue, and was obviously not pleased. You can watch the video above, but he makes a rather pointed remark about the 49ers.
We just train our quarterbacks to throw to people that aren't covered. And uh, even if it's a running play. I was watching an NFL game where they didn't cover a receiver, and the quarterback handed it off and got maligned by scribes and pundits and so-called experts for not throwing it to him.
Of course, he is talking about Colin Kaepernick failing to see a wide open Torrey Smith two weeks ago. The 49ers were lined up near their own goal line, and were running the ball to get some space. The Rams did not have a defender covering Smith, but Kap did not look his way.
I don't view this as Harbaugh insulting Kap, so much as putting the screws on the 49ers coaching staff. It could not really have bee more timely, and Harbaugh got a zinger in there.